This antique sterling silver over the cup tea strainer has a black possibly bakelite handle? Beautiful naturalistic form with the lifelike details. I have a floral poppy strainer that appears to possibly be from the same maker as seen in the last photos. Antique piece, dating to around the early 1900s.
No monogram anywhere on the piece. Marked Sterling on the underside. In estate condition considering age, there is some stubborn tarnish and pale cloudy discoloration all around, especially in those hard to reach areas. It seems to have held its shape perfectly as I see no pin dings or dents, or ripples where they don't below.Some faint surface wear and scratching from use and polish over the years. Please note though that due to age, it is not in mint condition. Makes a very beautiful statement. Strainer measures 6 3/4 inches in length so it makes an impression and the strainer bowl is about 3-1/4 inches in diameter at the widest part. It weighs 22 grams (including the handle which is not sterling of course) on my little digital scale. Tea aficionados say that the tea has better flavor when the loose leaves are brewed in the tea pot. These little strainers are held over the teacup while you pour the tea from the pot, to catch any leaves that come out, effectively straining it on it's way into the cup. A very decorative AND useful item! I dearly love, collect, use and sell antique sterling silver flatware and housewares so please check out my other listings including Tiffany & Co. The item "Raspberry Blackberry Nouveau STERLING SILVER Over cup Tea Strainer Figural Berry" is in sale since Tuesday, June 30, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (. The seller is "callmemouse" and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation.